Academics

Course Descriptions

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)


PTA 101  Introduction to Physical Therapy  (3)
Introduces physical therapy and emphasizes the role and practice of the health practitioner, documentation, ethics, standards of practice and the law. Covers the history and organization of the profession. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.
PTA 102  Therapeutic Interaction in Health Care  (2)
Explores the skills, behaviors, and attitudes necessary for effective patient-practitioner interaction, peer interaction and team participation. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.

PTA 105  Patient Care Skills  (3)
Introduces patient care including medical terminology, vital signs, universal precautions/aseptic technique, body mechanics, assisted ambulation and transfers, patient positioning and draping, passive range of motion, and handling techniques/therapeutic touch. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.
PTA 110  Principles of Physical Therapy Agents I  (5)
Introduces practice of external compression and bandaging; length, girth, and volumetric measurement; thermotherapy including superficial heat, cryotherapy and paraffin; hydrotherapy; wound care and assessment; massage; and pulmonary hygiene. PREREQUISITE: PTA 105.

PTA 111  Principles of Physical Therapy Agents 2  (6)
Covers the study of and application of physical therapy agents including ultrasound, phonophoresis, iontophoresis, electromagnetic radiation, electrotherapy, biofeedback, cervical and lumbar traction. PREREQUISITE: PTA 110.
PTA 113  Posture and Movement  (4)
Covers the study of the principles and assessment of posture, the mechanics and assessment of typical and atypical gait, and the function of prostheses and orthoses. PREREQUISITE: H SCI 102.

PTA 114  Tests and Measurements  (2)
Covers the study and application of tests and measurements used to gather data about muscle strength, range of motion (ROM) and flexibility. PREREQUISITE: H SCI 102.
PTA 130  Survey of Pathophysiology 1  (3)
Introduces disease processes and their effects on rehabilitation. Includes general pathology and descriptions of specific diseases, medications, lab values, and diagnostic tests. PREREQUISITE: H SCI 102.

PTA 131  Survey of Pathophysiology 2  (2)
Continues to introduce the principles of pathophysiology as it relates to physical therapy. Includes an overview of disease processes with emphasis on general pathology, etiology, signs, symptoms and treatment protocols for specific patient diagnoses. Course two of a two-part series. PREREQUISITE: PTA 130.
PTA 151  Clinical Preparation  (1)
Discusses topics that prepare students for clinical experience including the development of an individualized clinical education plan. PREREQUISITE: PTA 110.

PTA 199  Independent Study-Physical Therapy  (1-8)
Students may participate in an in-depth study of specific areas of physical therapy through library research, field investigation, experience in selected activities, or structured clinical activity under instructor guidance. Maximum of eight credits. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.
PTA 201  Issues in Health Care  (3)
Study of the relationship of medical, legal and socioeconomic issues to the practice of physical therapy. Discussion of related topics in health care to physical therapist assistant practice, and explores management concerns and fiscal issues in physical therapy.

PTA 205  Functional Training  (2)
Covers the study of and application of functional training techniques used in the treatment of physical dysfunction. PREREQUISITE: H SCI 101.
PTA 210  Therapeutic Exercise  (5)
Focuses on theory and principles of therapeutic exercise and selected kinesiologic and neurologic principles related to therapeutic exercise. PREREQUISITE: PTA 114.

PTA 211  Advanced Rehab Procedures  (6)
Focuses on advanced procedures and techniques applied to the treatment of specific impairments primarily of neurologic origin. PREREQUISITE: PTA 210.
PTA 212  Acute Care  (3)
Explores physical therapy in acute care including cardiac care, pulmonary care, burn care and geriatrics. PREREQUISITE: PTA 130.

PTA 213  Orthopedic Therapy  (5)
Explores orthopedic pathology and common diagnostic procedures. Covers the study of therapeutic exercise, manual techniques, and principles of tissue healing in relationship to orthopedic conditions encountered in the practice of physical therapy. PREREQUISITE: PTA 210.
PTA 251  Clinical Supervision 1  (1)
Clinical supervision group discusses and develops skills for effective practice including the patient interview, the identification and reporting of suspected domestic violence, issues in pharmacology, therapeutic interaction and effective problem solving. PREREQUISITE: PTA 151 and concurrent enrollment in PTA 277.

PTA 252  Clinical Supervision 2  (1)
Clinical supervision group discusses and develops skills for employment and practice including therapeutic interaction, problem solving, issues of cultural competency, and patient advocacy, as well as relating concepts to concurrent experience in PTA 278. PREREQUISITE: PTA 251 and concurrent enrollment in PTA 278.
PTA 253  Clinical Supervision 3  (1)
Provides supervision to students completing full-time clinical affiliations. Students present and suggest solutions for clinical problems encountered, identify appropriate resources for problem resolution, and complete a final program examination in preparation for the licensure examination. PREREQUISITE: PTA 252 and concurrent enrollment in PTA 279 or 280. This is a pass/no-credit course.

PTA 277  Clinical Affiliation 1  (1)
Supervised clinical experiences are to familiarize the student with a clinical setting in which physical therapy is practiced. Students are expected to actively participate in patient care, applying knowledge and skills from coursework. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in PTA 253. This is a pass/no-credit course.
PTA 278  Clinical Affiliation 2  (2)
Supervised clinical experiences are to familiarize the student with a clinical setting in which physical therapy is practiced. Students are expected to actively participate in patient care, applying knowledge and skills from coursework, building on the experience in PTA 277. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in PTA 278. This is a pass/no-credit course.

PTA 279  Clinical Affiliation 3  (6)
Internship requiring practical performance and application of physical therapy procedures and techniques under supervision in a selected clinical setting that may be inpatient, outpatient or specialized practice. PREREQUISITE: PTA 278 and concurrent enrollment or completion of PTA 253. This is a pass/no-credit course.
PTA 280  Clinical Affiliation 4  (7)
A second internship requiring practical performance and application of physical therapy procedures and techniques under supervision in a clinical setting different from PTA 279, in an inpatient, outpatient or specialized practice. PREREQUISITE: PTA 279 and concurrent enrollment in or completion of PTA 253. This is a pass/no-credit course.